Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library 3D Printing Services
Welcome to the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library 3D Printshop! Patrons are now able to submit their projects for printing at no additional cost. In order to print your projects, please select one of the following options:
- 3D Printing guidelines
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Create your own 3D print designs
- 3D Printing Websites
Present a Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Card in good standing
If you are a first-time user, stop by the checkout desk to register for a free library card.
Weapons, or anything deemed obscene or copyright protected, will not be printed
The library reserves the right to not print projects that may be used as a weapon, obscene, or protected by copyright.
All designs will be reviewed and approved by library staff prior to printing
The library reserves the right to not print objects that do not meet the 3D printing guidelines.
Save your 3D printing file as an.stl file with the name of your file and include your initials (ex. bookmark_dn)
All files must be complete as staff is unable to make adjustments. If the file is not formatted correctly, the project will not be printed. Projects that require more than 4 hours of printing will not be accepted.
Projects will be printed in one color ONLY
The library’s 3D printer is only able to print in one color at a time. For color options, refer to the FAQs below or speak with a staff member to see what colors are available.
Staff will print one project a month
In order to accommodate all users, the library will only allow patrons to print one project per month.
The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library’s 3D printer will be handled by designated staff
The public will not have access to the printer at any time.
Stop by the Adult Reference Desk to submit your project.
Projects will be printed based on staff availability so allow one week for your project to be printed. If the library’s 3D printer malfunctions, staff will attempt to print one more time.
Staff will contact you when your project is ready for pickup
All projects must be picked up within 5 business days unless prior arrangements have been made with staff for a different pick-up date. If projects are not picked up on time, they become the property of the Monterey Park Library.
Where can I find 3D projects to print and does the library offer 3D print classes?
Patrons can create their own designs using computer aided design (CAD) software. Staff recommends web based CAD programs such as Tinkercad.com or Thingiverse.com.
Is this service free?
Yes! Patrons are allowed one free 3D Print a month.
What kind of filament does the library use?
The library will print projects using PLA filament.
What color filament does the library have?
The library has the following colors: black, blue, neon green, red, and yellow.
Can I bring my own filament to print my project?
At this time, the library does not allow patrons to provide their own filament as it may not be compatible with, or could damage the 3D printer.
Can library staff edit my project if I asked them to?
Projects must be completely ready to print. Library staff is not able to edit projects.
Can I email my project to the library?
Yes. Email library3Dprinting@montereypark.ca.gov or call the Reference Desk at (626) 307-1368 for more information.
Can I pay for an additional print?
The library is not able to print more than one project a month per patron due to staff availability.
Can I ask for a reprint if I don’t like the quality of the project?
Reprints will only occur if the 3D printer has technical problems. Prior to printing, review your file for quality and make sure to read reviews if downloading from a website. If you would like to reprint in a different color, please re-submit your
Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, video editing and 2D animation pipeline.
DesignSpark is a platform that provides design solutions and supports engineers to accelerate design cycle time, allow rapid prototyping and get changes to market quickly: from design to manufacturing.
Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make. We’re the ideal introduction to Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Instructables is a fantastic and vivid community portal where users can share their DIY projects, including things made for 3D printing.
STLFinder is another search engine for 3D printer files that will crawl the internet, bringing up results for free STL files and 3D printer models.
MakerBot's Thingiverse is a thriving design community for discovering, making, and sharing 3D printable things. As the world's largest 3D printing community, we believe that everyone should be encouraged to create and remix 3D things, no matter their technical expertise or previous experience. In the spirit of maintaining an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.
Search engine for 3D print files only.
Note: These files are for personal use only and you are responsible for ensuring the quality of these files before submitting to the library.
Disclaimer: Items printed by the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library’s 3D printer are to be used at the discretion of the owner of the item. When the printed item is given to the patron, Monterey Park Public Library and the City of Monterey Park are not responsible for the item. This includes and harm or injury that could arise from the use of printed objects.